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'Given the disparity between the participation of developing and developed countries it was clear that more support was needed for the former group to be able to understand the issues and make a meaningful input.' - Rodney Taylor from Barbados

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Rodney Taylor , 2009
 
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'I realized I needed to take part in order to get an image of what other countries and regions acting in the process were doing, and to apply this to the reconstruction process in Iraq. The value I got from connecting with leading experts... was immense.' - Rasha Hameed from Iraq

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Rasha Hameed , 2009
 
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'To the IGF in India I brought the personal challenge to look more deeply into the arguments I was not familiar with, and to try to find the “two sides of a coin” in every speech.' - Raquel Fortes Gatto from Brazil

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Raquel Fortes Gatto , 2009
 
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'Even if I am participating in the process during the whole year and interacting with many people, meeting them face-to-face at an event like the IGF remains essential... it is the most effective way to network...' - Rafik Dammak from Tunisia

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Rafik Dammak , 2009
 
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'Attending the IGF presented me with an opportunity to interact with the people behind the emails and with notable personalities in the IGF process or Internet-related institutions including the IGF secretariat, ITU, ICANN, etc.' - Mwende Njiraini from Kenya

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Mwende Njiraini , 2009
 
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'If we in the Cook Islands are to establish ourselves appropriately within the global community then it is necessary that we set up good policies from the outset, based on the best practices of other countries...' - Maureen Hilyard from the Cook Islands

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Maureen Hilyard , 2009
 
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'It was also very important for me to join other members of the RPWG to be physically present at the IGF, so we could follow the implementation of the RP mechanism, working in partnership with the Secretariat... and providing assistance to the hubs.' - Marilia Maciel from Brazil

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Marilia Maciel , 2009
 
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'It is necessary to focus the IGF discussion on the real problems associated with the collection and use of personal information. The reality is that there is very little that consumers can do today to protect their personal data...' - Katitza Rodriguez from Peru

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Katitza Rodriguez , 2009
 
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'Among all the country members of the East African Community, only Burundi, my country, was absent from that EAIGF... That’s why, at the end of the IGF in Hyderabad, I came back with a new dream: An IGF Burundi.' - Jean Paul Nkurunziza from Burundi

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Jean Paul Nkurunziza , 2009
 
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'The government of Nigeria is making a giant stride to improve the situation by rolling out programs that would in one form or the other include Information Technology in the curriculum of primary and secondary students.' - Ijeoma Ogbuagu from Nigeria

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Ijeoma Ogbuagu , 2009
 
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'Various governments have come up with different interventions to address these challenges, like cybersecurity which is on the rise. The development of human resource and capacity building has been identified as one of the stumbling blocks.' - Godfrey Ahuma from Ghana

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Godfred Ahuma , 2009
 
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'In most developing countries access to the Internet for people without disabilities is an issue. Thus the thought of access to people with disabilities is rarely considered.' - Emmanuel Edet from Nigeria

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Emmanuel Edet , 2009
 
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'After returning to my home city from the Hyderabad IGF, I talked with the executives of Smart Communications, a stakeholder in ICT here, to take part, if not the lead, in convening an Internet Governance Forum in the country...' - Elias Laurente Espinoza from the Philippines

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Elias Laurente Espinoza , 2009
 
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'At the ICANN meeting in Puerto Rico last year I was not aware of anything unusual in the demographics, but in Hyderabad I noticed that while men of my age were quite well-represented, there were comparatively few women...' - Deirdre Williams from St Lucia

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Deirdre Williams , 2009
 
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'I am involved in strengthening education policies at a global level through a forum that will bring representatives from national and international organizations, experts, teachers, NGOs and the youth who are engaged in education...' - Charity Gamboa from the Philippines

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Charity Gamboa , 2009
 
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'There is a difference from taking a physical course, and some nuances of real-world, human interaction were missing. Yet, in a way, this difference helped me to concentrate better... in e-learning, one can stay more focused...' - Janyl Bokonbaeva from Kyrgyzstan

Source: 
Emerging Leaders (2007)
 Janyl Bokonbaeva , 2007
 
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'A worldwide community of people is built, accompanied by the network of the organisations and institutions each one represents. Such a community has an enormous analytic and decision-influencing potential once introduced to the global process.' - Vladimir Radunovic from Serbia

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
 Vladimir Radunovic , 2007
 
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'Development challenges are enormous for Africa and they go beyond promoting information and communication technology. One important issue currently is how Africa will solve its energy problems, which are a threat to progress on the continent.' - Ken Lohento from Benin

Source: 
Emerging Leaders (2007)
 Ken Lohento , 2007
 
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'This is not an outside imposition of technology, but an enthusiastic acceptance of support... the ideal situation, where just a push, just a bit of help, can enable the local population to maximise use of resources under their own direction.' - Virginia Paque from Wisconsin, USA

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
 Virginia (Ginger) Paque , 2007
 
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'I had to use all possible means of getting people to participate actively in the programme... What learning style does a person have? Is it part of his or her culture or not? These were the questions for which I looked to find answers.' - Veronica Cretu from Moldova

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Veronica Cretu , 2009
 
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'I found that living in a developed economy is quite different from living in my developing country environment. Things like the Internet are taken for granted...In sub-saharan Africa, lack of the same (Internet) resources would automatically discourage me...' - John Walubengo from Kenya

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
 John Walubengo , 2007
 
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'There is a huge need for online learning infrastructure at the national level in my country and I am sure it is the same in other small island developing states... I encourage governments to have their public  servants, in particular youth to study Internet governance...' - Fuatai Purcell from Samoa

Source: 
Emerging Leaders (2007)
 Fuatai Purcell , 2007
 
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'It is a sustainable project with great  results. The participants of our capacity building projects are currently taking charge of managing local  initiatives, drafting regional ICT policy plans and training their own teams.' - Dhrupad Mathur from India

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
 Dhrupad Mathur , 2007
 
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'My vision for Malawi is to have educational institutions connected to the Internet and to each other. This would provide for reduction in cost, as we would... use lecturers/teachers from other institutions to teach students across the country...' - Ulemu Nyasulu from Malawi

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
 Ulemu Nyasulu , 2007
 
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'[John Walubengo] introduced me to KictaNET... I got involved in ICT and... what it could do at a time when Kenya was revising its national ICT policy...' - Judith Okite from Kenya

Source: 
Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Judith Okite , 2011
 
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'I am equally humbled to have found myself in a position to utilise the Internet and all of its potential and  underlying capacity to be the catalyst for development and transformation in my country, in my region, and in SIDS.' - Tracy Hackshaw from Trinidad and Tobago

Source: 
Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Tracy Hackshaw , 2011
 
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‘I believe whistle-blowing websites have a greater role to play in the future of the humankind. These are a few  of the issues that I became aware of through DiploFoundation, on whose blogosphere these issues continue to  be debated.’ - Felix Samakande from Zimbabwe

Source: 
Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Felix Samakande , 2011
 
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‘I can confirm that the level of awareness of IG issues is increasing amongst the general ICT community, and even more people from Botswana getting involved in IG issues at local level and key stakeholders are finally taking notice.’ - Gaongalelwe-Gaolaolwe Mosweu from Botswana

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Gaongalelwe-Gaolaolwe Mosweu , 2011
 
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‘A critical activity will be information dissemination – educating people about IG issues and assisting them in formulating views and opinions that can not only be applied to their lives, but which can be communicated to national and regional leaders as appropriate.’ - Michele Marius from Jamaica

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Michele Marius , 2011
 
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'I also see an increasing responsibility for leaders to govern equitably, fairly, and with justice. Their flexibility and openness to drive the nation and the region forward is becoming increasingly evident.' Sala Tamanikaiwaimaro from Fiji

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Sala Tamanikaiwaimaro , 2011
 
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'There is a need to address these challenges to enhance the capacity of the AU organs, institutions and member states to better respond to instances of ICT policy in Africa. As part of the evolving African governance architecture, there is a need to formulate an ICT strategy...' - Eliot Nsega from Uganda

Source: 
Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Eliot Nsega , 2011
 
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‘Witnessing the open community policy development process at the AfriNIC community led me to further appreciate the importance of the Policy Research Phase of the Diplo IGCBP. AfriNIC-13 was an eye opener...’ - Maduka Attamah from Nigeria

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Maduka Attamah , 2011
 
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‘Capacity building is necessary to allow for equal participation... It will require all of us who have leadership positions to gain more knowledge to be able to provide, promote, and support Internet access for all.’ - Angelic Alihusain-del Castilho from Surinam

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Angelic Caroline Alihusain-del Castilho , 2011
 
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‘My personal knowledge reflects other cultures and types of people in Fiji and the Pacific. I live not only with one race but with many who have different cultural and traditional values.’ - Anju Mangal from Fiji

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Anju Mangal , 2011
 
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‘Internet governance (IG) is a new field which lacks expertise in Madagascar. Some of the pressing issues in Madagascar are the digital divide, IT illiteracy, and the inadequacy of national jurisdiction with technology advances.’ - Zoniaina Fitahiana Rakotomalala from Madagascar

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Zoniaina Fitahiana Rakotomalala , 2011
 
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‘Indeed, the Internet can be a doubleedged sword. Consequently, given man’s innate quest to have stability, reliability, and certainty in his life, governance of the Internet is only a natural evolution.' - Valmikki Singh from Guyana

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Valmikki Singh , 2011
 
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‘While employers and tertiary institutions have been providing Internet access to their employees for the last 10–12 years, the majority of Fijians have only been able to afford Internet access at home within the last five or six years...’ - Sam Goundar from Fiji

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Sam Goundar , 2011
 
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‘Students and teachers do not have to sit in the classroom or be face-to-face but can now take part in  e-learning from anywhere in the world and at any time, thanks to online facilities.’ - Shareeni Kala from Fiji

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Shareeni Kala , 2011
 
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‘I strongly believe that personal development is most important for my teaching and research. Indeed, I have always been keen to improve my areas of expertise and share newly acquired knowledge with my students.’ - Lenandlar Singh from Guyana

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Lenandlar Singh , 2011
 
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‘Some of the major issues in the African region that we, as individuals, have to face are infrastructure implementation, awareness, and education. Luckily, there have been encouraging steps by several stakeholders and the younger generations...’ - Duksh Koonjoobeeharry from Mauritius

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Duksh Kumar Koonjoobeeharry , 2011
 
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‘It is necessary to ensure the responsible use of technology and to stress the innovation and knowledge sharing that technology allows over the opportunity for piracy, slander, and other ‘negative’ activities’ - Arlene Buckmire-Outram from Grenada

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Arlene Buckmire-Outram , 2011
 
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‘There is so much work still to be done. There are so many unraveling threads. There is so much still to create. There is much need to better use the Internet for development.’ - Sheba Mohammid from Trinidad and Tobago

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Sheba Mohammid , 2011
 
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Diplo is about to launch a new publication, Emerging Leaders for the Digital World, during the 6th IGF meeting in Nairobi on 27-30 September, 2011. Emerging Leaders for the Digital World features the experiences of some of the most active emerging...
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